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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Eleven years ago, the draft was not the media spectacle it is today, not only because there was no Twitter. Cheap Twins Jerseys China . Back in 2005, the NHL was recovering from the lockout that had swept out the entire previous season -- and the original draft date along with it.Only the top 20 prospects had been invited to the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, and it was already the next day in Sollentuna, Sweden -- home of Mats Sundin -- when Patric Hornqvist woke up to his father telling him that he had been drafted by the Nashville Predators.Hornqvist had played that season in Vasby, two suburbs over from Sollentuna and two divisions removed from the top-tier Swedish league.I woke right up and jolted out of my bed, he recently told in Swedish.The fact that he had been the last player drafted in the entire draft -- 230th overall -- didnt make him any less excited about his career possibilities.At least I had a real chance to make it to the NHL, he said. It gave me some new hope. Somebody in the Predators organization believed in me.Whether the chance to make it to the NHL is big or small is up to each player. I just decided to make the best of my chance.The door was ajar, and Hornqvist kicked it wide open.From his draft class, only five players have scored more goals than Hornqvists 153. One of them is his relatively new linemate, Sidney Crosby, and another is the player the Pens traded away two years ago in return for Hornqvist and Nick Spaling: James Neal.That, too, happened in the middle of the night, Hornqvist said of the trade. My phone rang, and when I saw it was an unknown U.S. number, I realized it had been the draft weekend, and I knew something was up. It was David Poile, the Predators GM, who thanked me for my service and told me to wait for the Penguins GM to call right after.I could hardly speak. I was shocked and only half-awake. Its a strange feeling to get traded, but I quickly understood that I had been traded to a great team.While the Penguins saved $800,000 under their salary cap with Neals contract going the other way, it was mostly a good hockey trade.We like Hornqvist a lot, GM Jim Rutherford said at the time. We think hes a complete player, an all-around player, a player that plays with an edge. Hell be good in the playoffs.That he was. Last spring, Hornqvist scored nine goals in 24 playoff games, second on the Pens only to Phil Kessel (10). One of those was the Pens last goal, the Cup-clinching empty-netter with 62 seconds remaining in Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks.I just remember waiting for the buzzer to go off, he said. We got a penalty with 10 seconds remaining, but we knew we had the game in the bag, and the feeling of relief and pure happiness was so awesome.These days, Hornqvists red steel wool playoff beard is gone, and after his day with the Cup, hes looking forward to the World Cup of Hockey, which kicks off Sept. 17 in Toronto.Its a special feeling to come to a national team meeting because were not that close friends, but we sort of know each other, he said of his Sweden teammates.This time around, Sweden has a new coach in Rikard Gronborg, former assistant in the national team, and Hornqvist is going to be one of his most important offensive weapons.Last season, he was fourth in goal scoring by Swedish NHLers, behind Loui Eriksson of the Boston Bruins, Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Filip Forsberg of the Predators. Since his first full season with the Predators, only two Swedes -- Sedin and Eriksson -- have scored more goals than Hornqvist, and since 2013, only Gustav Nyquist, who isnt on Swedens World Cup roster, has scored more.Its going to be a great tournament, with all nations icing their best teams, said Hornqvist, 29. Also, compared to the Olympics, we now have a proper training camp -- two-and-a-half weeks instead of two days -- so we can really work on our game. Our new coach has a bit of a North American touch, which is what were used to now [as NHLers].Just full steam ahead.Why not? It has worked for him in the past. Cheap Twins Jerseys . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. Cheap Minnesota Twins Jerseys . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. The United States earned its 1,000th gold medal at the Summer Olympics when Jeff Henderson won the long jump at Olympic Stadium. Thats over 600 more golds than any other country has won. (And no, Michael Phelps hasnt won them all.)Of the athletes who contributed to that grand total, who are the 10 greatest U.S. gold medalists? Its a matter of opinion, but such a narrow list means a lot of superb athletes wont make the podium. Cassius Clay, for instance, won gold in 1960, but he is known more for his pro boxing career as Muhammad Ali than his Olympic feat (plus, legend has it he might have tossed his medal in the Ohio River). As renowned as Bruce Jenner was for winning the decathlon and waving the U.S. flag in 1976, that was only a single victory. And the 1992 Dream Team isnt on this list because our pro players were so much better than those of the other countries that it was hardly even a competition.So with apologies to the above (along with Edwin Moses, Matt Biondi, Al Oerter and others), here are the top 10 American gold medalists in the Summer Olympics, based on performance and lasting influence:10. Bob BeamonSure, he won only a single gold medal, the only athlete on this list to do so. But he did so by breaking the world record in the long jump by nearly 2 feet at the 1968 Olympics. That would be like Usain Bolt suddenly running the 100 in under nine seconds. Beamons record stood for 23 years, inspiring many jumpers, such as Mike Powell and Carl Lewis.9. Mark SpitzPrior to Phelps, Spitz was the legend of swimming, winning seven gold medals (and breaking the world record in each event) at the 1972 Olympics. No swimmer was able to attain that gold total until Phelps won eight in 2008. Spitz famously posed for a poster with the seven golds draped around his neck while sporting his famous mustache and wearing his swimsuit -- and it was so popular the poster sold more than a million copies. Perhaps only Farrah Fawcetts sold more, but she never medaled in her swimsuit.8. Florence Griffith-JoynerFlo-Jo set the world record in the womens 100 meters at the 1988 Olympic trials with a time of 10.49. While the record in the mens 100 has been steadily declining in the 28 years since then, Griffith-Joyners mark still stands. In fact, no other woman has come closer than Carmelita Jeters 10.64 in 2009. Griffith-Joyners world record in the 200, set during the 1988 Seoul Games, also still stands. In addition to the 200 gold in Seoul, she set the Olympic record in the 100, winning by 0.3 seconds, and added a third gold in 4x100 relay. She might rank higher, but there were rumors of steroid use, though she never tested positive. Maybe it was just her ultralong fingernails that got her across the line so fast.7. Simone BilesMary Lou Rettons all-around gold medal in 1984 dazzled the country and got her on a Wheaties box, but she says Biles might be the best American gymnast ever. So do others. Biles has won two gold and a chance for more golds in Rio -- and she hasnt lost a world or national all-around in three years. Watching her leap, twist and fly through her routines is like watching Spider-Man swing through the city, only Biles is real, not a CGI creation. Expect to see her image on more than just a cereal box.6. Jackie Joyner-KerseeJoyner-Kersee won two gold medals (1988, 1992) and a silver (1984) in the heptathlon, plus a gold (1988) and two bronzes (1992, 1996) in the long jump. To compete -- and win -- in the heptathlon and the long jump? That is simply stupendous, and a reason she continues to inspire athletes. Shes a mentor to me, 2012 long jump gold medalist Brittney Reese said.5. Bob MathiasThe U.S. has dominated the Olympic decathlon,, where the winner is hailed as the worlds greatest athlete. Cheap MLB Jerseys. Thats quite an honor, but its even more so if you hold that title for not just four years, but eight years. Mathias did the latter, becoming the first athlete to win the decathlon in two Olympics (1948 and 1952). Only Great Britains Daley Thompson has matched that feat, but 2012 champ Adam?Eaton of the U.S. is a good bet to make it a trio in Rio. If he does, this list may need to change.4. Wilma RudolphRudolph is the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Games. Rudolph was, and remains, an inspiration. Born prematurely, she was the 20th of 22 children in her family. She had double pneumonia, scarlet fever, whooping cough and measles as a child. She also had polio, which forced her to wear a brace on her left leg from ages 6 to 9. Rudolph overcame all that to race in the 1956 Olympics at age 16, where she won a bronze. At Rome in 1960, she won gold in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 4x100 relay, running the anchor leg. When Rudolph died in 1994, Ollan Cassell, then the executive director of USA Track & Field, said, Shes a legend in track and field, like Jesse Owens. After Jesse died, she became the icon, a symbol of what the Olympics mean to this country and this sport. Speaking of Owens ...3. Jesse OwensWith Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany spouting white supremacy and hatred, Owens threw their racism back in their face at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He won the 100 meters. He won the 200. He won the long jump. And he also ran the opening leg of the 4x100 for his fourth gold medal. Owens was so amazing that even the German crowd cheered him (though not Hitler). Unfortunately, there still was enough racial prejudice in the United States at the time that when Owens returned to America and was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York, he had to take a freight elevator to a reception for him at the Waldorf-Astoria. He also was reduced to running against horses to earn money. Even so, he remains an icon of sport. He was the inspiration for the 2016 movie Race, and the street outside the Olympic Stadium in Berlin is named for him.2. Michael PhelpsHe has been so great for so long -- Rio is his fifth Olympics -- he is essentially the Dream Team of swimming. No Olympian has ever won as many gold medals in a single Olympics as Phelps did when he took home eight in 2008 (after winning six in 2004). No Olympian has ever won nearly as many combined medals as Phelps (28 overall, including 23 gold). For that matter, hes won more gold medals than at least 110 countries! And whos to say that he wont come back and win even more at Tokyo in 2020? I honestly dont think this is going to be his last Olympics, fellow U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte said. Im saying hes going to come back again.1. Carl LewisThe International Olympic Committee named him the athlete of the 20th century, and Sports Illustrated named him the Olympian of the century. For good reason. At the 1984 Olympics, Lewis duplicated Owens feat of winning four gold medals (100, 200, long jump and 4x100). Lewis won the long jump in four consecutive Olympics, something no one else has done. He won nine gold medals, and 10 medals overall. So how does he end up ahead of Phelps with 16 fewer medals and 13 fewer golds? Well, he competes in a sport where you cant win that many medals, because track doesnt have additional events where you run backward or with your arms maneuvering in bizarre ways. You just run and jump as fast and far as you can. And thats what King Carl did. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '